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Mission & Goals The Home & Personal Care Sector represents products that we use daily to clean, preserve, and improve the beauty of our bodies, our homes, and our possessions. In standardizing the way companies create, validate and communicate sustainability information to the consumer and retail buyer of home and personal care products, The Sustainability Consortium and its partners will reduce confusion in product labeling, prevent false claims and foster a marketplace where true product innovations will be rewarded. Scope The Sector was formed in September of 2009 and has grown to include manufacturers, suppliers and retailers.
Ninty-six people attended the June 7th kick-off of the Farm to Freezer project at Food, Wine, & Company . Many thanks to host, Bethesda Green and all the attendees. Proceeds from this event will help us get ready for our first launch prep day on June 23rd.
Increasingly pressure is being felt by multiple stakeholders to reduce the environmental and social impacts associated with global consumption. Retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, governments, NGOs, researchers and consumers all hold a stake in the sustainability of global product production and use. As global citizens, we face extraordinary challenges: complexity of global trade and supply networks, world population growth expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, diminishing resources, worker safety and fair treatment, human health and safety. At the core of multiple stakeholders’ interests and at the center of such challenges we find the need to more accurately quantify and communicate the sustainability of products. The challenge before us, then, is to work collaboratively together, developing an approach that drives better understanding, standardization, and informed decision making.
It was a bit of an awkward moment. During a recent tour of a large Florida hotel’s back-of-house operations, I was shown a large recycling container. Sitting at the top of pile of recyclables was a polystyrene cup. My tour guide quickly put the cup in its proper place; it was not a recyclable item. Polystyrene, often referred to as Styrofoam (although Styrofoam is actually the trade name of a polystyrene foam product used for housing insulation), is back in the news again. New York City Mayor Michael R.
This article is cross-posted on Environmental Leader . *** This blog has moved. Please come and read new posts on our updated site , The Natural Strategy Blog . *** In my last article, I outlined the environmental mission statements and polices of nine hotel companies.
by Todd Jones I’ve been hearing a lot lately that we in the environmental community consistently employ the wrong messaging to advance the cause of climate change mitigation, and that we need to change tactics in order to broaden our appeal and ultimately realize the ends we seek. Recent polling, focus group, and other public opinion and consumer studies have apparently revealed that, while most people (in the U.S.) will say they support environmental protection and are generally aware of environmentally responsible options, they do not respond to words like “climate change,” nor are they moved by the list of current biophysical impacts like shrinking glaciers, loss of sea ice, extreme weather events, changes to water and food availability, shifting migration and mating patterns, spread of disease, groundwater salinization, and more.
What is a smart meter? A smart meter, like the old meters attached to your home, apartment or small business, measures the amount of energy you use for lighting, cooking, heating and cooling, and all the other products you use that require electricity. Those measurements are used to calculate your electric bill each month. But that is about the only thing the old meter and the new smart meters have in common. Your old meter was read once a month by a meter reader or perhaps estimated for your billing.
On Thursday March 1st 2012, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launching of Limits to Growth, the first report to the Club of Rome, a symposium entitled “Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet” was hosted in Washington, DC by the Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution ’s Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet. The joint symposium of Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution celebrated the 40th anniversary of the launching of Limits to Growth, the first report of the Club of Rome published in 1972. This book, which sold over ten million copies in various languages, was one of the earliest scholarly works to recognize that the world was fast approaching its sustainable limits.
1 March 2012 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution's Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet hosted a one-day symposium on March 1, 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launching of Limits to Growth , the first report to the Club of Rome published in 1972. This book was one of the earliest scholarly works to recognize that the world was fast approaching its sustainable limits. Forty years later, the planet continues to face many of the same economic, social, and environmental challenges as when the book was first published. The morning session focused on the lessons of Limits to Growth .
Organizational Documents Designed for Food Policy Councils Does your community have a food policy council, or are you starting one soon? If so, you will find that tools and resources specially designed for food policy councils will help you keep your council well-organized and running smoothly. The documents assembled below will help you do just that. They were developed during the Oakland Food Policy Council's first three years, and were tested and refined along the way.
The symptoms are familiar. You seem to hear about a new climate information portal or knowledge platform being launched every week. You check it out and it seems impressive at first glance. Nice graphics. Promising headings. Ambitious objectives.
Hey kids. Don’t be like the Lorax. He’s a bad example. I should know.
Dreaming the future can create the future... Overview The Dreaming New Mexico project seeks to reconcile nature and cultures at the state level. Taking care of nature means taking care of people, and taking care of people means taking care of nature.
Collins, Costanza, Others Warn of Myopic Focus on Markets Author: Steve Zwick
Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, will be spearheading an initiative to get all countries to move from statements of their Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, to national accounts based on "GDP-plus", which would involve assessing the balance of their "natural capital", such as the ecosystems that provide everything from oxygen and water to flood defences, seemingly for free. The British Government has already taken the first steps down this road and hopes to have a full set of its own "GDP-plus" national accounts by 2020. And the idea that all countries should take it up will be put forward by Ms Spelman at a meeting in Rio de Janeiro to mark the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit, the celebrated UN gathering in Rio in 1992, where more than 100 world leaders put the environment on the international political agenda, and signed the first climate change treaty.